Felix Magath had no use for Kevin-Prince Boateng from Hertha’s perspective on Thursday evening. The game summed up, Magath summed up after the 0-1 defeat against the second division club Hamburger SV, “did not give up” a substitution of the veteran. Before the second leg, the Berliners stand with their backs to the wall – and the cards for Boateng are much better. “He will play a major role tomorrow evening,” announced Magath on Sunday. “The Prince is a final player. He knows how it works.” And with a view to the managing director Fredi Bobic sitting next to him in the press conference, Hertha’s trainer said: “Ask my neighbors what the Prince did in the cup final of Eintracht Frankfurt (2018 in the 3-1 final victory against FC Bayern, d. Ed.). He can do something like that. And of course the team also needs it tomorrow at the final. “
That sounded a lot after a start -up ticket – almost after a starting eleven guarantee – for the returnee in the last and most important game of the season. “With Prince we will need someone who ensures order on the offensive,” said Magath. “Its obvious.”
The coach also builds great hope for the return of midfield clearer Santiago Ascacibar before his last game in Hertha services. The Argentinian had served a yellow lock in the first leg. “With Santi, who is now coming back, a very important mentality player was missing. He has helped us a lot in recent weeks and was one of the outstanding players in the team,” said Magath. “Unfortunately, we did not have the compactness in the first leg like in the games beforehand. It was so that Niklas (the Ascacibar represented in the first leg, i.e. editor) was ill beforehand and was not in full ownership of his strength. He was unable to To close the gap that Santi has opened. I am convinced that we will play more compact in midfield on Monday and will control the game more than in the first leg. “
Boateng and Ascacibar – You are Magath’s hope for the final in Hamburg.